yurikago (yurikago) wrote in sugarfreekids,

OKF Aloe Vera Drink, Agave Nectar

Hi y'all~ I've just joined, because I have a question that I thought maybe someone here could help me with.

I recently found a drink that I love called OKF Aloe Vera Drink. It is very sweet, and has fructose and honey in it, but the label says that it contains only .9 g of sugar in 8 fl oz of juice. To me, that seems unbelievably low considering that fresh aloe is very bitter, but this juice is really mild and very tasty!

The ingredients are: Mineral Water, Fructose, Aloe Vera Powder, Aloe Vera Pulp, Honey, Citric Acid, Artificial Grape Flavor.

Now, I don't know what "artificial grape flavor" is, but is there a chance it might be something like Splenda, or another chemical sweetener, in your fine opinions? I definitely don't want to continue to drink it if that is the case, but I am not sure.

Another chance is that the nutrition info is incorrect. Has anyone seen that happening before?

Thanks in advance for any input!

Also, here is a tip for everyone. I saw a lot of sugar alternatives in the community info, but I did not see Agave Nectar. Here is some info I copied from http://www.shakeoffthesugar.net/article1042.html. Before I post the info, I just want to mention that I did use that site to find agave nectar info, but I can not advocate general use of the site as their main page mentions fad diets such as atkins and south beach diets. Those are diets I believe to be detrimental to your health on a long term scale.

"Agave syrup (or nectar) is about 90% fructose. Only recently has it come in use as a sweetener. It has a low glycemic level and is a delicious and safe alternative to table sugar. Unlike the crystalline form of fructose, which is refined primarily from corn, agave syrup is fructose in its natural form. This nectar does not contain processing chemicals. Even better, because fructose is sweeter than table sugar, less is needed in your recipes. It can be most useful for people who are diabetic, have insulin resistance (Syndrome X), or are simply watching their carbohydrate intake.

Fructose has a low glycemic value. However, according to some experts, if fructose is consumed after eating a large meal that overly raises the blood sugar or with high glycemic foods, it no longer has a low glycemic value. Strangely enough, it will take on the value of the higher glycemic food. So exercise restraint, even with this wonderful sweetener. It is a good policy to eat fructose-based desserts on an empty stomach, in between meals or with other low-glycemic foods. Use it for an occasional treat or for a light touch of sweetness in your dishes."
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